Renovating Fortress North America: Get Ready to Pay Large For A New NORAD...

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Renovating Fortress North America: Get Ready to Pay Large For A New NORAD...

Canadian, US Military Leaders Agreee on Framework To Retool NORAD

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/norad-canada-us-military-1.5240855

Military leaders from the US and Canada have come to an agreement on the nuts and bolts retooling of NORAD, CBC news has learned. Now over six decades old, the bi-national air and maritime defence command - and its associated airfields, radar stations and satellite network - has been in need of a maor overhaul in the face of emerging threats, such as North Korean ballistic missiles and rapidly advancing cruise missile technology. Word of the understanding comes as two Canadian CF-18s and two American F-22 Raptors intercepted two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers which pressed close to North American airspace on Thursday.

James Ferguson of the University of Manitoba, one of the pre-eminent researchers on NORAD said the price will be substantial. Replacing the North Warning System chain of radar stations alone could cost as much as $11 billion, he said. The Liberal government has made much of saying its defence plans are fully costed, but it deliberately did not include the calculation for NORAD modernization in its policy.

Military officials would not say precisely what capabilities they are proposing, but among the biggest open question is whether a re-equipped NORAD will mean an end to Canada's long-standing prohibition on participating in ballistic missile defence.

The Liberal government's defence policy was explicit, saying Canada would not change course on missile defence, but dramatic nuclear and rocket tests by the rogue regime in North Korea have prompted both the House of Commons and the Senate defence committees to recommend a change of heart..."

 

NO TO NORAD, NUKES & NEW COLD WAR REMILITARIZATION!

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A Murray Dobbin column from a couple of years ago is still pertinent and reminds us we shouldn't be at all surprised at what is happening now...

Liberals' Massive Increase in Defence Spending is a Budgetary Coup

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2017/06/liberals-massive-increase-defence-sp...

"...The arrogance of power could scarcely be more dramatically demonstrated than by the tag-team of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announcing that Canada was going to cave in to Donald Trump's demand that we spend two percent of GDP on defence. We will be increasing military spending by 70 percent over 10 years - an obscenity when so many social needs go unmet.

Not only does this make a mockery of Trudeau's election pledge to return to Canada's historic peacekeeping role but surrenders to the absurd one-size-fits-all NATO imperative. Nothing has changed internationally to justify such a measure. There are no existential threats to Canada on any horizon. [Except American imperialism and our collaboration with it.]

Giving Freeland the opening role on the announcement raises the question of her disproportionate position in changing Canada's defence posture. The increase in military spending announced Wednesday will turn the Defence Department into an unabashed War Department, with Harjit Sajjan playing second fiddle to the militant Freeland..."

 

Or this one from the Canadian Military thread where there is further related information:

Canada Does Trump's Bidding With Massive New Defence Spending

https://www.ceasefire.ca/canada-does-trumps-bidding-with-massive-new-def...

"The Trudeau Liberals did not campaign on, and have no mandate for, significant increases in the defence budget. There has been no change in the international security environment since the election to justify such astronomical increases. The new funding envelope is nothing short of a total capitulation to the American bully President Trump..."